Sunday , Dec , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Clemson downs Georgia State to remain undefeated

Clemson, SC (Sports Network) – Trevor Booker netted 15 points to with 12
rebounds, as the 25th-ranked Clemson Tigers remained undefeated on the season
with a 67-57 win over the Georgia State Panthers.

K.C. Rivers had 13 points, while Cliff Hammonds chipped in with 11 for the
Tigers (14-0), who extended their best start to a season since a 1986-87 squad
that began 17-0.

Clemson opens up ACC play on Wednesday against Florida State.

Rashad Chase had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers (4-7), who lost
for the fourth time in five games. Leonard Mendez added 12 points and six
boards in the loss.

Georgia State held early leads of 6-2 and 12-6, but both times Clemson went on
game-tying runs.

After David Potter’s three-pointer evened the game at 12 for the Tigers, the
Panthers went back ahead and eventually held a lead of 19-16 after a jumper by
Chase with 6:29 to go.

That was the last basket the Tigers would hit in the half, however, as Clemson
went into the break on an 11-0 run to lead 27-19. Julius Powell started the
run with two from the line and Booker’s dunk put the Tigers in front. Booker
also netted the last points of the half on a jumper.

Clemson led 31-23 early in the second half before Georgia State made it a two-
point game with a 6-0 run, with Brandon Cartwright’s layup making it 31-29
3:15 into the half.

The Tigers responded, though, in the form of a 10-0 run. Powell started the
burst with a bucket from behind the arc and Booker capped it with a dunk to
make it 41-29 with 14:34 to go.

Two jumpers by Deven Dickerson around a Mendez three pulled the Panthers to
within 48-42 with 8:30 left, but a three-point play by Booker put Clemson
ahead by nine.

A dunk by Booker later pushed the Tigers’ lead to double digits at 59-48 with
4:44 still on the clock. The Panthers closed to within 62-55 on Ron Larris’
trey with 1:10 to go, but failed to get any closer.

Game Notes

James Mays had nine points, while Powell ended with seven for a Clemson squad
that shot 42 percent from the floor. Georgia State also shot 42 percent from
the field…Dickerson ended with eight points and six rebounds…The Tigers
improved to a perfect 9-0 at home and 4-0 all-time against the Panthers.